Confidentiality of Substance Use Disorder Patient Records
AGENCY: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is issuing this final rule to update and modernize the Confidentiality of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Patient Records regulations and facilitate information exchange within new health care models while addressing the legitimate privacy concerns of patients seeking treatment for a substance use disorder. These modifications also help clarify the regulations and reduce unnecessary burden.